KU Common Book 2020-2021: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants: Getting Started: Carlisle Indian Boarding School

Residential Boarding Schools

Carlisle Indian Industrial School


Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, opened in 1879 as the first government-run boarding school for Native American children. The goal? Forced assimilation of Native children into white American society under the belief of “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.”

Residential Indian Boardings Schools in Lawrence, Kansas, History

What is now Haskell Indian Nations University, began as an Indian Boarding school in 1884.


June 2021 U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release

Secretary Haaland Announces Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Outlines Path Forward on Troubled Legacy of Federal Boarding School Policies in Remarks to National Congress of American Indians

Investigative Journalism

Washington Post

Opinion: Deb Haaland: My grandparents were stolen from their families as children. We must learn about this history

The New York Times

Lost Lives, Lost Culture: The Forgotten History of Indigenous Boarding Schools 

The Red Nation Podcast: American Indian boarding schools w/ Denise Lajimodiere


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